Grateful dad completes 24 hour charity challenge


A dad from Windsor has raised over £5,000 for the Oxford Children’s Hospital, after facing ‘every parent’s worst nightmare’.


Chris Grose set himself a challenge to complete 24 workouts over a 24 hour period and raise funds for Oxford Hospitals Charity.

He wanted to thank the hospital staff for their amazing care of his daughter, Hallie.

He explains: “In November 2022 every parent’s worst nightmare became our reality when Hallie stopped breathing in her sleep. 

“Luckily after rapid response from the emergency services she was taken to hospital where she had crucial tests and treatments.

“Fast forward to 2024,and after 29 blood tests, multiple EEGs/ brain MRIs and lumbar punctures, Hallie is still a bit of mystery and we are waiting for an exact diagnosis. But it looks as if she has a form of epilepsy combined with a respiratory condition.

“I wanted to find a way to say thank you to the teams that have cared for Hallie and given all of the ongoing treatment so came up with the idea of a 24 hour fitness challenge.

“I’ll admit that it was really hard – doing 24 workouts over the 24 hours and finishing off with an Infantry Military fitness test in the final hour really took it out of me.

The early hours were so tough, but I just kept on moving - buoyed by the amazing support I had from friends and family -some who came from as far away as Cornwall to cheer me on.

“It feels amazing to have raised so much – I’m absolutely blown away! When I was planning this challenge we set a goal of £500, which I still thought was a big target to hit. Now with Gift Aid we’ve done more than ten times that original goal! It’s staggering to have raised so much!”


Chris, completed the challenge on March 12th and they next morning told the charity team:

“The body is a little bit sore,  that’s for sure. But I am so glad we managed to raise so much to give back for the amazing work of the hospital.

Claire Hughes from Oxford Hospitals Charity said: “ The whole charity team is blown away by Chris’s amazing efforts – what a hero he is. And we are so pleased to hear that little Hallie is doing well.


“Support like this helps our charity to make the Oxford Children’s Hospital more welcoming for our young patients, filled with things to do and equipped with the best possible medical technology.”


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